Bayelsa State Governor Douye Dir has implored traditional rulers to be non-partisan and ensure a level playing field for political parties irrespective of their personal interest.
Governor Diri also stated that his administration will continue to accord due respect to the first class traditional monarchs who remain apolitical.
The Bayelsa Governor reiterated this when the state Traditional Rulers Council led by its chairman, King Bubaraye Dakolo, paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Yenagoa.
He noted that as custodians of culture and tradition, they have the right to vote, noting that his government will continue to encourage a level playing field for political parties.
While responding to requests of the royal fathers for review of their sitting allowance, official cars and monthly stipends, Governor Diri directed an immediate upward review of their sitting allowance.
He also directed the Deputy Governor, acting Chief of Staff and Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to look into the issues of monthly stipends and overhead and advise him.
Speaking earlier, King Dakolo, Ibenanaowei of Ekpetiama Kingdom had said they were impressed with the Governor’s response to alleviate the people’s sufferings during his tour to communities impacted by the recent floods.
King Dakolo also requested for support to renovate palaces of some of the royal fathers destroyed by the flood.
He added that plans have been concluded to organize a quarterly conference for all classes of traditional rulers on their responsibilities, hierarchy and protocols.